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Groups Sue U.S. Government After Cyanide Bombs Kill Wolf, Dogs

posted May 18, 2017, 7:59 AM by chloe owens

4/4/17, by Laura Zuckerman, WHTC

Groups sue U.S. government after cyanide bombs kill wolf, dogs

Conservation and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. government on Tuesday over its use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill coyotes after the devices were blamed for the deaths of a protected wolf and three pet dogs…The spring-loaded mechanism accidentally killed an endangered wolf in Oregon in February and in March caused the death of three pet dogs, one in Idaho and two in Wyoming, according to the lawsuit. Wildlife Services, which deploys the devices, is an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets animals considered nuisances to farms and ranches. Last year, cyanide bombs placed by the agency killed 13,530 animals, most of which were coyotes and foxes, according to the lawsuit. More than 320 of the animals killed by M-44s in 2016 were not targeted for death and included everything from raccoons to pet dogs, the lawsuit said.